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About the Candidates

Mifflin Community United is a community action group dedicated to promoting unity, responsible leadership, and community engagement within the Governor Mifflin School District. Our goal is to bring Governor Mifflin students, citizens, and district leadership together to create positive change in our community. Join us in our mission to make a difference in the lives of those around us.

Andy Pannafino

Andrew
Pannafino

- Mifflin resident since 1983

- Parent of two Gov. Mifflin High School graduates

- 37 years of education experience

- Bachelors of Science from Slippery Rock State College

- Master of Science from the S.U.N.Y. College at Cortland

- Certificate of advanced study in secondary principalship and a school district administrator certification.

- Has taught every grade level, kindergarten through college

- Served as a secondary assistant principal, athletic director, department head, and supervisor of school nurses.

- Active member of the Mohnton/Cumru Lions Club, Mohnton Memorial Day Parade committee, St. John’s Prime-timers, and Mohnton VFW.

"The number one issue facing our district is school safety. We must treat student security as a top priority. Students must feel comfortable in a learning environment. Parents trust us to care for their children while in our custody. The school board must provide whatever is necessary to promote a safe environment.

Number two is a challenging curriculum. Each student has specific strengths and weaknesses. Guidance in their course selection is vital. Graduation is the ultimate objective. Front that point we hope each individual is prepared to move forward in their adult life. That may be a vocational school, 2- or 4-year college, military or directly into the workforce.

Number three is community partnership. Transparency and open communication are mandatory. An open dialogue is always welcome. As a board member I must show fiscal responsibility. State and federal laws as well as mandates make for a challenging budget each year. We need to be cognizant of the burden on taxpayers. Finally, I believe that serving as a school board director a serious and challenging responsibility that I will dedicate myself 100%."

Annette Baker

Annette Baker

- Mifflin resident since 1993.
- State University of New York—Plattsburgh, Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science/Ecology.
- Liberty University, Master of Arts in Public Policy/concentration in Public Administration
- Self-published author of “The Pennsylvania Constitution and Other Resources for Good
Citizenship.”

- Former guest on “The Watchman,“ a weekly radio show on WFYL in Norristown.
- Home school teacher with over 20 years of experience.

- Lives in Brecknock Township with her husband and sons. Their dogs, cats, chickens, ducks, and wildlife that call her backyard “home” keep her busy.

"I was the first member of my immediate family to graduate from college. I understand the importance of quality education, and now, as a current graduate school student studying Public Administration, I am reminded again of how vital educational opportunities can be. I want to see students succeed and have opportunities to become productive community members. Every student deserves a quality education, particularly those who are struggling learners. As the parent of a special needs child, I will advocate for all students and be a strong voice for the special needs community. Teachers should teach students how to be good critical thinkers, not just memorize information, and I will promote a curriculum to teach these skills. Above all, transparency with residents of the district is required. As taxpayers, we deserve to be informed and included in decision-making."

Lori Bush

Lori
Bush

− B.S.N. – Millersville University 2015, member of Sigma Theta Tau and Phi Kappa Phi

− A.D.N. – Alvernia College 1985, cum laude

− 36-year Governor Mifflin resident, grew up in Exeter 

− Mother of 4 past GM students, all have post high school degrees

− Formerly active member of GM PTO and GMMA

− Trustee and Past Matron Reading Chapter #251 Order of the Eastern Star

− Advisory Board Secretary for Reading Assembly #33 IORG 

− Past Assistant Scoutmaster and Treasurer Boy Scout Troop #236 Shillington, Brotherhood Member of The Order of the Arrow, Past Den Mother Den #264 Mohnton

− Past Girl Scout Leader – 13 years

− Past Co-National Youth Director for National Camping Travelers, Inc. 

− Formerly active member St. John's Lutheran Church, Mohnton

− Currently active member Alsace Lutheran Church, Reading

 

"I am a conservative who felt the need to step up to run for school director to make a positive impact on the future of the children in our school district.  I intend to fight for them as I hope that others are and will be fighting for my grandchildren in other school districts.  

I am very passionate about the safety of our children, about the quality of their education and about their education's not being politicized.  I have experience working with others for a common cause.  As an active member of the PTO, I was in the schools working on various projects.  My favorites were 10th Grade Career Day, Teacher Appreciation Day, and class trips.  Also, I have seen the impact of this economy on my elderly friends and will fight for fiscal responsibility to keep a cap on school taxes."

Heather Bouchard

Heather
Bouchard

- 1989 Governor Mifflin graduate

- Attended Reading Area Community College

- 26 years of Financial banking experience-  22 years at Bank of PA/ Allfirst/ M&T Bank

- Lived in Mohnton my whole life

- My entire family went to Governor Mifflin- aunts, uncles, cousins and my parents graduated together in 1964

- Mother of 2 and parent of a 2023 GM graduate

- 3 years volunteering at Brecknock Elementary in the classroom & library

- Want to see GM be the leader in Berks County schools for Academic Excellence

 

"My vision for the district is to be the top school in Berks County. In order to do that, we must get back to the basics. I know all students and staff need to feel a sense of belonging but we have to create a safe environment for everyone, first and foremost. We cannot continue to lose good teachers. Being a school board director is not about being a Democrat or Republican. This position is about what’s in the best interest of the students, staff and the community."

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